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Stephen Jones Among Execs On Committee Deciding Host Site For '15 NFL Draft
Published June 9, 2014
FINDING THE BEST FIT: THE MMQB's Peter King writes one that that could "discourage the NFL" from putting next year's draft at AT&T Stadium is "how empty the place would seem for the rounds after the first." King: "I believe the Cowboys could put on a great show for round one. Maybe 50,000 fans, and some good electricity." But the "problem with any venue is what happens when the picks are guys the fans have never heard of." Whoever holds the event will "have to be sure it can account for the significantly smaller crowds on days two and three by sectioning off the draft room with curtains or whatever." King: "That's why, as one league operative told me recently, a venue like McCormick Place south of Soldier Field is so attractive." It is the "kind of convention center location that can contract and expand depending on the number of people on hand." Even if AT&T Stadium "puts up barriers, it’s likely still going to look cavernous" (MMQB.SI.com, 6/9).